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American Cancer Society selling flowers of hope to fight cancer
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Sandy Stoddard, director of the American Cancer Society field office in Stockton, joins Doctors Hospital of Manteca staff members Debbie Aventi, left, and Eric Murtrey to kick off the Daffodil Days fund raiser. Flowers ordered by March 1 will be delivered March 23. - photo by GLENN KAHL

San Joaquin County residents can help fight cancer by sharing daffodils

The American Cancer Society Daffodil Days program inspires hope for all people facing cancer

San Joaquin County residents can fight back against cancer and share hope for those facing the disease by supporting the American Cancer Society Daffodil Days. This longstanding programming, which involves offering daffodils to donors every spring in appreciation for their contribution, is about more than just giving beautiful flowers; it is an opportunity to share hope for a world free of cancer. For a donation of $10, everyone from school children to corporate CEOs can send a bouquet of fresh cut daffodils to someone special to support the fight against cancer.

An important part of Daffodil Days is the Gift of Hope, a bouquet of ten daffodil stems in a vase, delivered anonymously to cancer patients within the community. The Gift of Hope presents an opportunity to brighten a patient’s day and to foster a relationship among the Society, the patient and his/her caregiver, to help them through the cancer experience with information, support, and free programs and services. Multiple donation levels are offered (begging at $25), to enable donors to support as many Gift of Hope deliveries as they choose.

As the first flower of spring, the daffodil is the American Cancer Society’s symbol of hope for a world free of cancer.

Another special part of Daffodil Days, Birthdays R. Hope is a Boyds Bear designed exclusively for the American Cancer Society Daffodil Days Bear and a Bunch. She is available for a donation of $25. The last day to place an advanced order is March 1, daffodils and Bear and a Bunch products will be delivered March 23.

Dollars raised through Daffodil Days enable the Society to offer free programs and services that help people fight cancer with courage and optimism, while it provides day-to-day help, emotional support, and 24 hour information to help ease the cancer experience. Additionally, daffodil contributions provide the Society with much-needed dollars to fund groundbreaking cancer research, educate people about the importance of cancer prevention and early detection and advocate for meaningful public health policies that benefit the community.

For information or to place an order call the American Cancer Society office in Stockton at (877) 642-4982 that is open week days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.